Orthodox also wear collars etc. Many Christian traditions have them and have had
them for centuries. Liturgical non-Roman Catholics do not associate a collar with Rome.
Those are usually the branches of protestantism that came more from the radicals or non-conformist.
There are two types of collars.
- Tab or “Roman” collar worn by Roman, Orthodox and some Anglican priests.
- Slave or “Dog Collar” worn by some Anglicans, Presbyterians, Lutheran and Methodist.
This one is a solid white collar around the neck on the outside of the collar.
I find #2 uncomfortable and prefer #1. I do not mind if someone mistakes me for
a Roman Catholic Priest or Orthodox Priest. I have been called worst names:D
(simple attempt at humor).
The collar, cassock etc are symbols of our office and makes us symbols of the Church and Christ. It reminds me of who I am and what my responsiblities are to the culture.
Also, wearing a suit and tie (as I did as a Baptist minister) allowed me to blend in when
blending was not needed. A collar, everyone knows who and what you are. As a Baptist, even though I carried a Bible I was still mistaken for a business man. I would have to explain who I was to nurses at the hospital. Walk in with a collar even the protestant nurses are more receptive. Never had patients call out to me as a Baptist. As an Anglican
I have had them call me out of the hallway for prayer or a blessing.
A great conversation starter. Had a great conversation with a Hindu a couple of weeks ago, he came up when he saw my collar and asked questions.
As to ordained females, not all collar protestants ordain women.
We also have the sacrament of Confession. Like the Roman Catholics, not too many Anglicans avail themselves of this blessing.
Hope this helps.